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First Power for SWiFT Turbine Achieved during Recommissioning

May 13th, 2016|Categories: Facilities, News, Renewable Energy, SWIFT, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Department of Energy's Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility reached an exciting milestone with the return to power production of the WTGa1 turbine (aka DOE/SNL #1) as part of a final series of commissioning tests. WTGa1 will complete all commissioning before the end of May 2016 after satisfactorily operating in high wind conditions. Turbines WTGa2 and WTGb1 will complete commissioning over the summer months. Completion of this milestone clears the way for the return [...]

Virtual LIDAR model helps researchers plan for the Wake Steering Experiment at SWiFT

May 13th, 2016|Categories: Modeling & Analysis, News, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, SWIFT, Videos, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A team of researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are planning a critical experiment at Sandia’s Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility to investigate the use of wind turbine yaw control to direct wakes, a promising approach to increase power production in wind plants. During the multi-month field campaign, researchers will collect data to improve both high-fidelity wind plant simulation software and demonstrate novel control concepts. Industry could then [...]

Sandia Labs participates in DOE’s annual Waterpower Week

May 13th, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Uncategorized, Water Power|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

During the last week of April, Sandia National Laboratories participated in the National Hydropower Association Waterpower Week in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Department of Energy (DOE). Five Sandia water power engineers presented posters at METS, the Marine Energy Technology Symposium, and generated interest from both academia and industry in Sandia’s research and development efforts. Sandia Labs researchers presented a wide range of work, including instrumentation of tidal turbines, advanced wave energy control design and survival analysis of wave energy [...]

Industry outreach: DOE and Wave Energy Scotland co-sponsored WEC technology workshop

May 13th, 2016|Categories: News, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Water Power, Workshops|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The U.S. Department of Energy and Wave Energy Scotland (WES) jointly co-sponsored a one-day workshop on wave energy converter (WEC) technology requirement specification and performance metrics following the International Conference on Ocean Energy in Edinburgh, UK.  Over 60 international participants representing the wider wave energy community–industry, research, funding and policy, and technology—contributed their input into WEC system requirements and the formulation of performance metrics. Specifically, the workshop addressed developments in the Structured Innovation project at [...]

Successful testing of Sandia Labs’ Wave Energy Converter (WEC) system

May 13th, 2016|Categories: News, Partnership, Water Power|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Sandia National Laboratories successfully completed testing of its advanced wave energy converter (WEC) system for its customer, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind and Water Power Technology Office. In partnership with the U.S. Navy, Sandia conducted the tests at the maneuvering and sea-keeping (MASK) basin at the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Carderock Division (NSWCCD) in Bethesda, MD. The WEC tested (1/17 scale) is among the largest scale models ever tested in a wave tank. The test program [...]

WEC-Sim (Wave Energy Converter SIMulator) Code Development and Training Class

May 13th, 2016|Categories: News, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Water Power|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) jointly have been developing WEC-Sim, an open-source time-domain numerical model for simulating wave energy devices that are comprised of rigid bodies, power-take-off systems, and mooring systems. The WEC-Sim development team has continued to improve the code’s capabilities and recently held a workshop/training class with the intent of expanding WEC-Sim’s user- and developer-base. The team also conducted experimental tank tests to develop an open-source data set [...]

Sandia participates in EERE National Impact Summit, May 4, 2016

May 11th, 2016|Categories: Events, News, News & Events|Tags: , |

Sandia energy experts participate in the EERE Lab Impact Summit, May 4, 2016 EERE hosted a National Lab Impact Summit to celebrate recent National Laboratory successes and bring together the nation’s public- and private-sector energy leaders to formulate the next stage of clean energy technology innovation. The event, held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, highlighted the programs of EERE’s National Laboratory Impact Initiative, which help businesses better utilize resources at our national laboratories and emphasizes commercializing products [...]

HyRAM (Hydrogen Risk Assessment Models) Webinar | April 26, 2016 | 12–1 p.m. EDT

April 5th, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events|

Overview of HyRAM (Hydrogen Risk Assessment Models) Software for Science-Based Safety, Codes, and Standards Sandia researchers will conduct a live webinar, "Overview of HyRAM (Hydrogen Risk Assessment Models) Software for Science-Based Safety, Codes, and Standards" on Tuesday, April 26, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). This webinar provides an introduction to the new HyRAM (Hydrogen Risk Assessment Models) research software developed by Sandia National Laboratories and supported by the Fuel Cell Technologies Office. The [...]

University of Illinois uses Sandia Labs’ reference hydrokinetic turbine to study potential bed erosion effects

March 9th, 2016|Categories: Energy, Modeling & Analysis, News, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Water Power|Tags: |

Sandia Labs Water Power Technologies Department promotes open-source marine hydrokinetic research by disseminating information on MHK technology designs initially developed as reference models to benchmark performance and costs. Sandia developed a scale model of a reference hydrokinetic turbine to minimize power performance losses from soiling/bio­fouling and reduce the likelihood of cavitation. Researchers at the University of Illinois Ven Te Chow Hydrosystems Laboratory recently tested the model to evaluate the potential effects of hydrokinetic turbines on erosion of riverbeds and tideways. The test data quantified the near-bed flow characteristics [...]

Open-source extreme conditions modeling tools

March 9th, 2016|Categories: Energy, Modeling & Analysis, News, Renewable Energy, Water Power|Tags: |

The extreme conditions modeling project (ECM) will be releasing two numerical tools for use in modeling extreme conditions of wave energy converters (WECs). Sandia and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have developed the WEC Design Response Toolbox, a collection of algorithms that address components of the design response analysis process. The available methods fall into five categories: (1) environmental characterization, (2) short-term extreme response, (3) long-term extreme response, (4) fatigue, and (5) design wave composition. This toolbox [...]

New report highlights key composite testing trends for more reliable and lower cost wind blade designs

March 9th, 2016|Categories: News, Partnership, Publications, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: |

Sandia National Laboratories recently published "Analysis of SNL/MSU/DOE Fatigue Database Trends for Wind Turbine Blade Materials, 2010-2015" by researchers at Montana State University (MSU), a long-time academic research partner. Since 1989, Sandia has collaborated with MSU to test and report key data and trends related to fiber-reinforced polymers (composites) and other materials used to construct wind turbine blades. As of 2015, MSU researchers have compiled a public database of the results of over 16,000 tests on 500 [...]

National Rotor Testbed aerodynamic design complete

March 9th, 2016|Categories: Modeling & Analysis, News, Renewable Energy, SWIFT, Wind Energy, Wind News|Tags: |

The aerodynamic design of the National Rotor Testbed (NRT) blade has been completed (see example, above). The goal of the NRT rotor is to replicate the wake characteristics of a utility-scale rotor at the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) test site. This will allow researchers at Sandia and other labs to collect high-fidelity wake measurements and validate and calibrate wind turbine and wind farm computer models. Additionally, the NRT rotor blades will be used to demonstrate that blades can be manufactured [...]

Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) Executive Summit

March 1st, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events, Water Power, Workshops|

The Wind and Water Power Technologies Office (WWPTO), within the US Department of Energy (DOE) will host an executive summit on marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) research and development on March 2, 2016 in Washington DC. Through this initiative, the WWPTO, together with executive members from DOE, the national laboratories, and the MHK energy industry, will showcase DOE’s water power energy investments in the national laboratories and identify activities ripe for technology transfer. WWPTO has selected [...]

Sandia to participate in upcoming DOE Grid Modernization Regional Workshops

February 29th, 2016|Categories: Grid Integration, Microgrid, News, News & Events, SMART Grid, Workshops|

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Grid Modernization Initiative, the Department is convening industry stakeholders across the U.S. in a series of regional workshops. These workshops will seek feedback on the Department's grid-related research and demonstration strategy, and provide opportunities for stakeholders to inform the Department on the grid-related technical challenges and emerging policy issues you see confronting your region and the nation as a whole. The workshops will take place from [...]

2016 ARPA-e Energy Innovation Summit

February 26th, 2016|Categories: Events, Highlights - Energy Research, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Seminars & Conferences|

Meet our Scientists! Stop by the main Sandia Labs Booth #505 for an opportunity to interact with SNL scientists including: Eric Langlois, R&D, Electronics Engineer, MEMS Technology Department Jeff Nelson, Senior Manager, Semiconductor and Optical Sciences Department Erik Spoerke, R&D, Material Science, Electronic, Optical & Nano Materials Department Sandia Labs Featured in the Technology Showcase Sandia Lab / Booth #505 Through the Secure and Sustainable Energy Future Mission Area, Sandia National Laboratories seeks to support the creation of [...]

$20 Million Technology Commercialization Fund Laboratory Call for Proposals

February 25th, 2016|Categories: News, News & Events, Partnership|

Accelerating Clean Energy Technology Solutions The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) announced its first call for proposals to tap the $20 million Technology Commercialization Fund, which uses federal dollars to match private-sector dollars for the best ideas from the National Labs to bring cutting-edge energy technologies to market. The National Labs have historically laid the scientific foundation for many core technologies in the marketplace today. As a competitive program, the Technology Commercialization Fund [...]

Jackie Chen to give keynote address at ISC High performance conference in Germany

February 17th, 2016|Categories: CRF, News, Transportation Energy, Uncategorized|

By Michael Padilla Jackie Chen, distinguished member of technical staff at the Combustion Research Facility, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address on Tuesday, June 21, at the ISC High Performance conference in Frankfurt, Germany. The keynote session will highlight contributions from female researchers and scientists in advancing the field of computational science. Jackie will speak on advancing the science of turbulent combustion using petascale and exascale simulations. She will discuss that high-fidelity combustion simulations [...]

Sandia releases 2nd edition of the U.S. WEC test site catalogue

February 11th, 2016|Categories: News, Water Power|

Sandia has released the second edition of the Wave Energy Converter Test Site Catalogue characterizing wave energy resources to facilitate device deployments and testing. The catalogue presents metocean data at eight U.S. wave energy converter (WEC) test sites. The catalogue will enable WEC developers to compare wave resource characteristics between sites and select the best test sites for their device, testing needs, and objectives. This catalogue includes critical wave statistics for determining the magnitude and quality [...]

Experimental testing of wave energy converter (WEC) controls

February 11th, 2016|Categories: News, Water Power|

U.S. Navy's Maneuvering and Seakeeping Basin (MASK) Sandia has begun experimental testing on wave energy converter (WEC) modeling and controls. The test program focuses on model validation and system identification to produce high-quality data for control design of WECs. In partnership with the Navy, Sandia is conducting the tests at the maneuvering and sea-keeping (MASK) basin at the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Carderock Division (NSWCCD) in Bethesda, MD. The WEC being tested (1/17 scale) is among the largest [...]

A new day: SWiFT reaches rotor mounting milestone

February 10th, 2016|Categories: News, SWIFT, Wind Energy|

Sandia National Laboratories has reached a major milestone by successfully re-mounting a rotor on one of its SWiFT wind turbines, a heavily modified Vestas V27, at the SWiFT facility on January 20, 2016. Wind engineers at SWiFT have been preparing for this event since 2014 when one of the turbines over sped and failed. Since that time, Sandia’s Wind Energy Technologies Department has been evaluating and improving hardware, software, safety systems, procedures, training, and security [...]